Forfeiting comfort and ease, ‘Tough as Nails’ celebrates individuals who get up every day, put in long hours and wear their hard work as a badge of honor. The CBS reality television show features essential workers from the United States of America and Canada in a series of challenges that tests their strength, mettle and endurance. From navigating their personal struggles to taking on herculean tasks, the show continues to accrue acclaim since its first premiere in 2020. Enthralling everyone with her jack-of-all-trade abilities, Akeela Al-Hameed has made many curious with her appearance on season 5 of ‘Tough as Nails.’ So, if you also want to learn more about the reality star, look no further because we’ve got all the answers!
Akeela Al-Hameed’s Age, Family, and Background
At the age of 34, Akeela Al-Hameed’s tenacity can be attributed to her upbringing. While her childhood was not a bed of roses, Akeela still rose to the challenge. Having been brought up with three other siblings, Akeela learned early on to navigate the chaos. Hailing from Fort Dodge, Iowa, Akeela is the daughter of a single mother. The reality star’s formative years were shaped by watching her mother’s resilience in the face of misfortune and despair. Naturally, after completing her education, Akeela decided to change her reality by putting in sheer hard work. Now, Akeela is based in Oakdale, Minnesota.
Akeela Al-Hameed’s Profession
While Akeela’s days as a young woman weren’t without their set of challenges, they did inculcate a steadfast resolve that further propelled her to achieve a number of things. Over the years, the Minnesota-based star has put her physical acumen to the test. Akeela is an Army veteran. Here, she was endowed with the discipline and forthright abilities that became pivotal to her transformation. After leaving the Army, Akeela worked as a conductor for the railroad. Akeela also held a brief stint as a correctional officer. As such, Akeela’s work hasn’t just encompassed physical challenges but also shaped her mental capacities accordingly.
Now, Akeela works as a firefighter at Station 16 in North Minneapolis. As a front-line worker, Akeela does not just have the physical capacity to brave through difficult conditions but also has a calm and collected demeanor that allows her to perceive things from different angles. While her day job as a firefighter keeps her busy, she is equally occupied with other interests as well. Akeela is a mixed martial arts competitor. The reality star has a black belt in jujitsu and even competes in MMA competitions. She has won a number of fights over the years and has now begun competing with the pros. Akeela is also the Adult Brown-Belt Open-Class Champion and Ignite World Class Champion.
For her, fighting isn’t just a way to physically develop but also a means to remain grounded emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Akeela credits her strength, knowledge and determination in the arena to her heroes Billie Jean King, Harriet Tubman and her mother.
Akeela Al-Hameed’s Wife
Another person who is Akeela’s source of inspiration is her wife, Grace Witthuhn. Akeela and Grace started seeing each other in 2017 and have been together ever since. Grace is a certified Mobility and Performance Coach. With a major follower base on Instagram, Grace’s work allows athletes and desk jockeys to enhance mobility and reduce pain. Like Akeela, she also put fitness first and was even a bodybuilding champion briefly.
Apart from their work, the duo regularly takes time to unwind and enjoy each other’s company. They regularly gush about each other on social media. Naturally, we continue to wish the couple the best and hope to see Akeela Al-Hameed create new milestones in the future!